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Beef on Weck Recipe
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Beef on Weck

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"An easy roast beef sandwich with local origins in Buffalo, New York. Kimmelweck rolls are hard kaiser-type rolls covered in coarse ground salt and caraway seeds. This recipe transforms regular rolls into the traditional weck rolls."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Warm the au jus sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the roast beef and let it warm up at the same time. While the meat is soaking, place the rolls on a baking sheet with the cut side down. Brush the tops lightly with water and sprinkle with salt and caraway seeds.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until rolls are toasted, about 10 minutes. Serve the sliced beef on the rolls with the au jus and horseradish on the side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 21, 2008

Almost perfect! I worked in a restaurant known for their beef on weck and the trick is to dip the cut rolls in the au jus just a bit before serving so its not so messy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 10, 2012

Between the salt in the au jus and the bun, it was just too salty. I'm sticking with Italian beefs.


17 Ratings

May 25, 2008

Great recipe, and a great way to make kimmelweck rolls for people who may not be able to find them where they live!

Sep 23, 2010

Absolutely what i've been looking for. I grew up in Buffalo, this being one of my FAVORITE sandwiches. I didn't realize it was only local until I moved to the west coast. Now I'm dating an Oregonian and he had never heard of beef on weck. Outrageous! So, since there are no Kimmelweck rolls to be found out here, this recipe was perfect. Thank you!

Jan 25, 2012

This takes a French Dip to an entirely new level. I love caraway seeds, so this just hit the spot. The coarse salt adds a texture reminiscent of a giant soft pretzel, although I must admit it was too salty for me using the recommended ratio. The caraway seeds and salt will stick to the bun using plain water, but I found that you get a crustier top if you brush the buns with an egg wash consisting of egg whites and water.

Nov 18, 2010

Closest thing to Kimmelweck rolls without going through the hassle of making them yourself. Try brushing the rolls with melted butter instead of water (I also leave off the caraway seeds). The "Easy Slow Cooker French Dip" recipe is delicious for cooking your meat and au jus sauce. These two recipes make for a mouth watering sandwich!

Jul 27, 2009

this is a really good, quick convenience recipe!!! I esp. like the part about making the plain kaiser rolls into kimmelweck rolls. My husband and kids enjoyed them. Thanks!

Feb 18, 2010

We dip the bottom side of the top roll in au jus and just serve with horseradish. This recipe was just what I needed. My Buffalonian boyfriend was overjoyed :) Thank you.


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  • Calories
  • 315 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 73 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 36.2 g
  • 72%
  • Sodium
  • 2479 mg
  • 99%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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